As you may know if you’re a regular reader of my blog, I am almost deaf in my left ear due to surgery to a remove a growth in its middle ear (between the ear drum and the inner ear) back at the end of 2019. Recently, the hearing in my right ear seems to be diminishing rapidly. So I decided to look into getting hearing aids.
The first place I went to conducted a hearing test. The chart (audiogram) above shows the results of that test. The vertical (Y) axis on the left shows the volume of the sounds in decibels, from softest at the top to loudest at the bottom. The average decibel level of human speech is estimated to be between 55 and 65 decibels.
The horizontal (X) axis on the bottom shows the sound frequencies, from lowest (deepest) on the left to highest on the right. A typical adult male ranges from 80 to 180 Hz and a typical adult female ranges from 165 to 255 Hz. The green shaded area at the top shows what is generally considered to be “normal” hearing.
The line with the red circles represents the hearing in my “good” right ear. It’s in the mild to moderate hearing loss at the lower frequencies to severe at the higher frequencies. The line with the blue boxes represents the hearing (or lack thereof) in my left ear. At the higher frequencies, my hearing in that ear shows severe to profound hearing loss. Profound!
This coming week I’ll be looking at some different brands of hearing aids. There are a few that are specifically designed for severe or even profound hearing loss. So, we’ll see how that goes. Who knows? Maybe by the end of this month I’ll be wearing hearing aids. And while that should enable me to hear better, having to don hearing aids make me feel old. But then again, I am old. So there’s that.